Enyimba International FC head coach Paul Aigbogun says his players must give more than a 100 per cent in both legs of their CAF Champions League qualifying fixtures against Tunisian giants, Etoile Sportive du Sahel starting with the first leg in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The history of both clubs in the competition is legendary and the 2004 edition readily comes to mind when the ‘Peoples Elephant’ as Enyimba are nicknamed braved the odds to defeat Etoile on penalties after a 3-3 tie on aggregate.
And having successfully navigated its way past Ugandan and Burundian champions, Vipers and Vital’O respectively in the preliminary and 1/16th round, with a 2-1 and 6-3 aggregate wins, Aigbogun, who re-joined the team at the start of the season from Warri Wolves believes Enyimba has all it takes to overcome the 2007 winners in this encounter at their adopted, 45,000-capacity Adokie Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port-Harcourt to make the return leg a mere formality.
“no doubt, it is going to be a difficult stage of the competition but not as difficult as the stages we have successfully navigated.
We are going to give the game more than a 100 per cent in both legs and I’m very optimistic we shall qualify for the group stage. We are not shot of quality players to achieve our lofty aims.
“One good thing about this round is that there are no more unknown teams. We can get some details on how our opponent, Etoile, play just as we are sure they also know much about us. We shall approach the encounter as if it is the final of the competition. Our best shot is what we shall put on display.” Aigbobun said as quoted on CAF’s official website
Aigbobun’s side who are the only surviving Nigerian club in the continental club championship this season will be banking on the goal scoring prowess of Mfon Udoh who is the all-time top marksman in the domestic league, a record he inscribed two seasons ago with 23 goals.
Enyimba’s attack is expected to be complemented with the likes of Joseph Osadiaye, Stephen Chukwude, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Leonard Ugochukwu, Christian Pyagbara, Nzube Anaezemba and a host of other top quality performers available for coach Paul Aigbogun to select from.